Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. Celebrates Female Athletes

April 17, 2014

April 27 Race Brings Together More Than 15,000 Runners to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Joan Benoit Samuelson, first women’s marathoner & gold medalist at the ’84 Olympics, and

Lisa Stockmon, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

(Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 17, 2014) – On April 27, more than 15,000 runners will run the historic streets of Washington, D.C. for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, a race to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission to find cures for blood cancers and ensure access to lifesaving treatments. The Nike Women’s Marathon series has raised over $147 million for LLS since its inception more than 10 years ago.

The 2013 Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. was the largest inaugural half marathon ever with 14,478 finishers according to the Running USA 2014 Annual Half-Marathon Report. The 13.1-mile Nike Women’s Half Marathon course in Washington, D.C. will start and finish on historic Pennsylvania Avenue and along the way give runners breathtaking views of some of the nation’s most treasured monuments, including the U.S. Capital, the National Gallery of Art, Freedom Plaza, Washington Monument, and the Jefferson and MLK Memorials.

On a mission to inspire women everywhere, Nike began its marathon series in honor of Joan Benoit Samuelson – the first women’s marathon Olympic gold medalist. The company’s unique partnership with LLS provides an outlet for women to come together to run for an important cause. More than a quarter of a million women have registered for the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon since it began in 2004, making it the largest women’s race in the world.

Get involved: To cheer on the thousands of runners participating in this year’s race, visit Track My Run at Input your runner’s race bib number and follow their position on course and time splits as they tackle the historic streets of DC. Text CURES to 80077 to give $10 to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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